It’s creeping along in the shadows and would appear to be with us soon. The sequel to 2014’s Styx: Master of Shadows looks to be heading to Xbox One in the first quarter of 2017. To set up the hype train for the new title, Cyanide Studio and Focus Home Interactive have released a small batch of screenshots into the light.
Styx: Shards of Darkness picks up where Master of Shadows left us. After taking care of business in City of Thieves Thoben, our green-skinned Amber addict, Styx agrees to steal an ambassador’s scepter in exchange for vast quantities of the magical Amber. It’s not long before this task takes an unexpected turn and Styx is thrust into a dangerous world of shady politics and powerful magic.
In Shards of Darkness, Styx has access to a far greater arsenal of tools and abilities to fit with a range of playstyles. Hunt guards with potent Amber powers, or stealthily avoid them. Teleport yourself into a newly hatched Styx clone or spend time on the fresh crafting system. This will allow you to adapt to situations as you progress, giving you the ability to craft lethal traps and other devices from components stolen on your adventures.
This open-ended approach extends beyond Styx himself. Shards of Darkness will feature highly vertical environments, far grander and more non-linear than the previous title. There is more than one way to achieve each objective, trying out many different routes and tactics along the way. Lurk in the shadowy depths or launch silent and deadly attacks from above. How Styx progresses will be entirely up to you.
The four images released show off the heavily guarded Port of Korrangar, airships in flight and the impish nature of the titular hero himself.
Styx: Shards of Darkness is heading for a first quarter release on Xbox One. Should you decide to preorder, you’ll get access to the exclusive Akenash set, granting you the iconic outfit and dagger seen in Styx’s first adventure.